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Newsday letters to the editor for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thousands listen to speeches and hear music at

Thousands listen to speeches and hear music at a town beach a half-mile from the LILCO plant in Shoreham on June 3, 1979, the day of the massive protest. Credit: Newsday / Thomas R. Koeniges

How can politicians owe back taxes?

Like my family and middle-income friends, I have always paid my bills and my taxes on time. Frequently, there are articles about public officials in arrears on one or both of these, sometimes for several years [“Pol’s heavy tax debt,” News, June 11]. Why is there no timely follow-up by bill or tax collectors when a person or a business doesn’t pay on time?

Lillian Rudolph, East Meadow

If someone has filed for personal bankruptcy, has a house in foreclosure and owes thousands in past-due federal taxes, that person is simply not qualified to be a member of the New York State Assembly. Christine Pellegrino must resign now.

Pete Dooley, Massapequa

Long Island losing pieces of its past

It’s a shame to see Long Island’s historic homes torn down and replaced with modern structures [“Push to save home,” News, June 12].

This is all because of the almighty dollar! What happened to preserving the history that enriches Long Island and its people?

Donna Portee, Hewlett

Let all pensions be free of NY State tax

Thank you for the story about the possibility of a New York State constitutional convention [“Constitutional divide,” News, June 7]. I fully intend to vote in favor of such a convention.

As Newsday reported, labor unions oppose a constitutional revision. I believe they fear that a clause saying public-employee pensions are free of state taxes will be changed. It is, however, blatantly unfair and downright ludicrous that pensions for public employees are tax-free, while pensions from private sources, such as mine, are subject to state income taxes.

All pensions should be tax-free, as they are in some states to which Long Island private-sector pensioners flee after retirement.

The State Legislature has failed to remedy this situation, so a constitutional convention might be the only way.

Stuart Chamberlain, West Sayville

Shoreham end led to more global warming

Opponents of the Shoreham nuclear plant years ago leave out an important part of the result of this “model for a citizen-driven democracy” [“Shoreham opposition spurred activist model,” Letters, June 12].

The Millstone nuclear power facility in Connecticut satisfies about half that state’s total electrical consumption.

Maybe the Stop Shoreham Campaign is proud of the resulting 40-plus years of continued burning of fossil fuels, with the resultant generation of carbon pollution and greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. In addition, there is a financial burden on residents and businesses from this closed plant.

My proudest contribution to the electrical energy situation on Long Island was to produce energy-saving patents in residential refrigeration and water heating. It wasn’t, like the Stop Shoreham Campaign, getting myself arrested.

Frank Sterber, Farmingdale

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired vice president of engineering for an electronics company, Wire Graphics, that operated in Farmingdale.

Obamacare coverage keeps me vital

As a college professor and tutor with fibromyalgia, arthritis and a host of neurological conditions, I have been able to stay productive and maintain an active social life and career because of Obamacare [“GOP hypocrisy in killing Obamacare,” Opinion, June 16]. This coverage via the Affordable Care Act also has helped me afford medications.

If Obamacare is repealed and the Senate passes new legislation, I might lose my coverage. I have pre-existing conditions. Moreover, I might no longer be able to afford medications or co-pays.

Also without Obamacare, many women could lose special prenatal health care to ensure healthy babies and mothers.

Reagan Lorraine Lavorata, Bohemia